CanoeingWells Gray Park, and Clearwater is simply one of the best places in the world for canoe-touring. Murtle Lake is the largest non-motorized, paddle-only lake in the world and has many beautiful sandy beaches. In fact, several of the main lakes are ringed with small shoreline campsites with picnic tables, bear-proof food safes and outhouses: most have sandy beaches, and offer good family swimming.
There are also many smaller lakes scattered through the area, most of which offer great fishing. The North Thompson River offers a good river route as well.
Paddle Your Canoe to CampExperience the dip and glide moment of “now”. Paddle into untouched landscapes. Glide along glacier-fed Murtle Lake – there’s simply no more Canadian canoeing experience. Murtle Lake is the largest canoe-only lake in North America. Its sun-kissed sandy shores can only be accessed by canoe after an adventurous 27-km drive on a winding gravel road and a 2.5-km portage through an old-growth forest of hemlock and cedar.
Dotted with campsites and outfitted with fire-rings, food caches and all the peace and quiet you crave, this is canoe camping at its best where the only sounds you’ll hear are the wind on the trees, the splash of your fishing line and the sound of dinner sizzling in your frying pan.
Need to Know
- You need a valid freshwater fishing license to fish in British Columbia.
- Licenses can be purchased on-line or locally at selected retail outlets
- Three guided outfitters offer a variety of river kayaking and rafting tours, from family-friendly floating on the North Thompson to adrenaline-fuelled kayaking and rafting the Clearwater River
- Clearwater Lake Tours offers guided cruises and water taxi service on Clearwater and Azure Lakes.
- You’ll need to portage in to canoe/kayak Murtle Lake. Carts are available at the trailhead to make the portage easier.
- Murtle Lake Canoes rent canoes and kayaks to those who register in advance